FAMILY TIES Pictured after helping St Brendan’s, Manchester to win the Lancashire Football Championship title recently were Michael Collins (21) and Colm Conway (10). Also in the photo are their dads, Jack Collins (extreme left) and Mickey Conway (extreme right), both Mayo natives.
THERE were very strong Mayo connections to the latest chapter in the success story of St Brendan’s GAA club in Manchester.
St Brendan’s ended a 25-year wait to win the Lancashire championship, and they achieved that goal in dramatic fashion recently when Colm Conway, a son of Burrishoole native, Mickey, fisted over the winning point in injury-time to make history.
Michael Collins, a son of Jack Collins, another man born and reared in Burrishoole, also lined out for St Brendan’s.
Both Colm and Michael were toddlers when Brendan’s last lifted the Senior Championship trophy in 1996.
Both of them were born in Manchester and have played with St Brendan’s from an early age, the same club that their dads were welcomed to when they emigrated from West Mayo.
Congratulations to all the Conways and Collins, and a big thanks to Aisling Burke Connolly for getting in touch with us here at The Mayo News to let us know the story.